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. >> they'll join us towards the end of the show. in the meantime, we start with the fox news alert because a deadly helicopter crash overnight leaving nine servicemen dead. it's unclear if any of the dead are americans. according to nato, four others were hurt including an american civilian. the crash happened in a province that's a taliban strong hold. the f.b.i. on its way to fort bliss, texas now where a gunman shot two women at a convenience store. the women believed to be clerks are being treated at a local hospital. military police shot the gunman dead. we don't know the identity of the shooter just yet. congress delaying a vote now on a bill to give $7.4 billion to first responders who got sick after the attacks of september 11th. a vote was expected this week but republicans objected to senator harry reid's addition of two amendments including the dream act that provides amnesty to illegal immigrants. those are your headlines. amnesty not to all illegal immigrants but to students who go to college or those who enter the military and here for five years. >> i believe senator hatch c
night. >>> and good morning, everybody. thanks for being with us today. voter frustration over money woes is boiling over. and some americans had a chance to tell the president exactly how they feel. >> that concern comes at the same time as some surprising news about the recession. emily schmidt has more on that from washington this morning. good morning, emily. >> reporter: vinita and rob, good morning to you. a group of economists now says the recession is over. that it ended last summer, act six months after president obama took office. now, as we approach midterm elections, the president is working to convince voters the economy is still headed in the right direction. the recession is over. the national bureau of economic research declared monday, saying the longest downturn since the great depression actually ended in june 2009. but many americans say seeing is believing. and they don't believe just yet. >> is the american dream dead for me? >> i'm exhausted. i'm exhausted of defending you. defending your administration. >> reporter: president obama faced frustrated and worried
's on a cia military hit list to be killed or captured. al awlaki's father is suing the u.s. from going after him. the u.s. secretary of defense, director of national intelligence and director of the cia want that lawsuit dismissed. our pentagon correspondent chris lawrence is watching the developments from washington. what are these national security concerns these officials have. >> reporter: yeah, fredricka. you've got national security on one side. some groups contend you have basic rights of an american on the other. here is what it boils down to. you mentioned why the government wants awlaki, they say he not only recruited the nigerian man who tried to blow himself on the airline that landed in detroit on christmas day he also exchanged e-mails with nadal hassan, the chaplain who opened fire and killed numerous people at ft. hood. al awlaki is not shy about saying he's planning and plotting attacks on the united states. they want him. they have targeted him. his father makes the point that he is a u.s. citizen and the u.s. government does not have a right to target its own citizens for
after blaming the u.s. for the 9/11 attacks. we'll talk with sarah shourd, the american hiker locked up in iran more than a year about what life was like in prison. >>> and mom arrested as these two girls fight, you can hear the mother of one of them cheering on her daughter. >> get her, sarah. get her, sarah. >> now she faces charges of child abuse. early this friday morning, september 24th, 2010. captioning funded by cbs >>> the weekend is upon us. good friday morning to all of you. i'm maggie rodriguez. >> i'm harry smith. >> let's get right to the dangerous flooding. heavy rains left many areas covered in several feet of water and more rain in the forecast today. holly wagner of minneapolis station wcco-tv brings us up to date from owatonna minnesota. >> reporter: here in southern minnesota, the intense early autumn rain triggered flooding that flooded homes, the water kept rising through the night and the rain isn't over yet. the high water forced hundreds of people to leave their homes. floodwaters overwhelmed the town of owatonna where residents battled
worse. >>> under fire. the iranian president sparks a u.n. walk-out after blaming the u.s. for the 9/11 attacks. we'll talk with sarah shourd the american hiker locked up in iran more than a year about what life was like in prison. >>> and mom arrested as these two girls fight, you can hear the mother of one of them cheering on her daughter. >> get her, sarah! >> now, she faces charges of child abuse early this friday >> now, she faces charges of child abuse early this friday morning, september 24th, 2010. captioning funded by cbs >>> the weekend is upon us, good friday morning to all of you. i'm maggie rodriguez. >> i'm harry smith. good morning. >> a busy new days around here so let's get to the dangerous flooding in wisconsin and minnesota where heavy rains left many areas covered in several feets of water and there's even more rain in the forecast today. poly wagner of our minneapolis station brings us up to date this morning from owatonna, minnesota. >> reporter: here in southern minnesota the intense early autumn rain triggered flooding that knocked out roads and flooded homes.
sometimes it's a monday. thanks, everybody, for inviting us in your home. that's it for "special report." fair, balanced. we'll straighten it out. we'll straighten it out. unafraid. captioned by closed captioning services, inc >> shepard: breaking now at fort bliss army base in texas. another shooting. details coming shortly. sit down with mahmoud ahmadinejad. i'm shepard smith. this is fox news. >> we have never sought to dominate others. >> shepard: the iranian leader at the united nations general assembly and speaking out the nuclear program. the americans still held prisoner. and why he says the future belongs to iran. genetically engineered animals on your dinner table. the feds making a major decision about whether companies can sell scientifically modified food. tonight, is it safe to eat? plus, the great recession is over. tonight, the official word from economists and what it actually means for our recovery. first from fox this monday night, unemployment rate above 9%, it probably doesn't feel like an accurate diagnosis, but it is. economy cannists sigh the longest reces
our viewers who are watching us around the country on wgn america. wgn's randy belesomo is live outside the 18th police district with details. >>> good afternoon. the man is now being held here in the 18th district lock up after police caught him raping the young woman. sources tell us that he terrorized his victim. the incident happened at 11:30 last night at 1100 block of west dicons near depaul. police say the attacker is 19 years old. lives on the south side and sources say he has been known -- is a known sexual predator. victim is a 28-year-old woman. her neighbor called police when he found a purse on the back stairway of their apartment building. when police arrived they noticed an open wingdo and found the woman being raped inside. we spoke with the sister of the young man who called for help when he spotted the victim's handbag. >> what he thought it was maybe someone stolen the purse, came back here to go through and then left and then he saw the window and wasn't sure why that was kind of creepy. >> reporter: the woman was transported to northwestern memorial hospital
the very latest for us tracking the storm. >> and b.p. says it may have to stop paying for the damage in the gulf. get this, the company is blaming president obama. we're gonna tell you why. >> hold on for it. wait for it. jerry lewis wants to smack a woman. >> no way! >> smack her in the mouth and be arrested for abusing a woman. >> what would you say to her? >> i would say you deserve this and nothing else, whack! >> wow! lady! >> i'm gonna slap you. who is he so angry about? "fox & friends" starts right now. >> lady! >> good morning, everyone were it is now the 6:00 hour on the east coast here and we're tracking this big, huge storm. brian and steve both off today. we have peter johnson jr. and mike is back. we haven't seen each other for so long. we see each other but not work together. >> it's been three or four years. we see each other in the building. >> sometime in the show, i'm going to share a secret about you. there's many but i'm going to share one. in the meantime, we have a fox news weather alert, right? that's why we're all here today bright and early because hu
two weeks ago. >>> nbc's white house correspondent savannah guthrie joins us. >> reporter: the voters that voted for the first time in 2008 for the president, a lot of them are young, we're going to see the president on the campus of the united states of wisconsin at madison. there will be 100 companion watch parties, really drawing a page from the '08 playbook. if democrats can turn out some of these voters, it might make a difference in some of these key races. they're really trying to generate enthusiasm. in an interview the president said it would be inexcusable for democrats to stay on the sidelines this election. rahm emanuel widely expected to run for mayor in chicago. looks like that will happen and we could get an announcement as early as friday. the issue of course is who would replace him, would it be an interim chief of staff or will the president go ahead and name a permanent replacement. so definitely something to watch this week. >>> today a senate panel holds a summit on safety after an explosion that killed sen people. >>> southwest is buying air transfer $1.4 billion
in new york, doesn't it. let's get started. talk us through what we're going to be doing. >> the first thing you want to do is make the sauce. it's very simple. four or five ingredients. nan prik pao. >> i have to stop you. what is that? >> thai chili paste, shrimp paste in it also. you can substitute a chili paste for it but there really is nothing like it. it's real simple. take a tablespoon of that. a little ketchup. then oyster sauce. and a little bit of sugar to balance it. >> oh, okay. >> and thai fish sauce. off got to be careful, it's really strong. we're going to use just a few drops. that's really all you do. mix it together. it's very simple. >> you've got a nice little paste there now. >> exactly. i like these pork tenderloins. real easy to cook, tender. the most important thing with that, you want to cut it across the grain. you can see the grains there. you want to go across the grains and just slice it. just some vegetables. this is what i use. it doesn't have to be these vegetables. i like a shiitake mushroom, red onion, garlic, scallions. these are ty long beans. these
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of transportation calls it a distracted driving epidemic. >> everybody thinks they can use their cell phone and drive and drive safely, and you can't. >> reporter: new government numbers show distracted driving last year killed nearly 5,500 people. and injured nearly 500,000. the grim toll despite hard-hitting public service announcements. tough new state laws. what will it take to make a dent? russell and kimberly hurd have been asking that since their daughter heather died while driving to meet her wedding planner. >> we were very, very angry. we could not believe our daughter could be taken from us by somebody who was texting. >> reporter: they say what's needed is a change in attitude. >> we want you to turn the cell phone off. we're living proof that in three or four seconds, your entire life can change. and certainly we'll never be the same again. >> reporter: the hurds say distracted driving must become as unacceptable as drunk driving. they have also pushed for tough laws, bans on texting and cell phones while driving. but they say ultimately, they hope stories like theirs will caus
. >> we want to get more information on this right now, john yang is in kabul for us with the latest. john, what do you know this morning? >> reporter: good morning, matt, as you say, the nine servicemen dead are americans, nbc news is being told and at least one american civilian is among the three injured. this happened as you say in zabul province in southeastern afghanistan. much of the territory there is controlled by the taliban and coalition forces led b the united states had been stepping up their efforts to take on the taliban in that area, to try to drive them out. this has been the deadliest year for coalition forces, the deadliest year for u.s. forces with today's crash, 351 americans have died this year. matt? >> john, but as we say, according to american sources the causef this is still under investigation and yet the taliban has already claimed responsibility. is that the norm in a situati like this? would they normally do something like that? >> reporter: it's very common, matt. as a matter of fact we got the call here at nbc news from a talibanpokesman claimg responsibilit
today," plugged up. the blown-out bp well that caused the largest oil spill in u.s. history is finally declared dead. >>> home sweet home. an american hiker jailed in iran for more than a year speaks out. >>> and house arrest. actor randy quaid and his wife in hot water again. actor randy quaid and his wife in hot water again. this time, accus of squatting. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning, i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with mission finally accomplished. bp says a permanent seal is now in place on its blown-out well at the bottom of the gulf of mexico. however, killing the catastrophic well off is a bittersweet victory for gulf coast residents, who fear they'll be battling the effects of the nation's worst environmental disaster for years to come. nbc's jay greg has our report. >> reporter: it began april 20th with a massive fireball and deadly flames cutting through the night air. as the deepwater horizon rig exploded, then collapsed, 11 lives were lost. and oil began to seep into the gulf, the start of the worst spill in u.s. hi
but can you keep this part and that part and that other part and why the republicans are using a slogan repel and replace. they are saying we will seep kooep some of the things but haven't figured out what parts they will keep and the trick it's not easy to have the popular provisions without some of the unpopular provisions. for instance you prohibit bans on coverage for people with preexisting conditions. you have to have an individual mandate to make sure that the costs don't blow up and get out of control and they haven't done, i think, yet the hard work of saying how are we going to do this? how are we going to keep parts of the people and get rid of the parts that people don't like? that is the hard work of governing and their document is not really being honest about that right now. >> good to see you, michael. >> great to see you. thank you. >>> democrats have countered this house republican pledge to america with their own promise. refusing to release their own agenda. vowing, instead, to run on their legislative record. democrats, though, are calling the republicans commitment
sliced right through his suv. he survived, and he'll be talking to us about that. >>> first let's go back inside studio 1a. tamron hall has all the headlines. >>> we began with more flooding in parts of the midwest. a levee is leaking in portage, wisconsin, some people have been evacuated. officials say if more evacuations are needed residents will have to get out by boat. >>> "today"today a panel appoin president obama begins its investigation into the oil spill in the gulf of mexico and the administration's response to it. >>> hyundai is recalling more than 131,000 sonata sedans sold in the u.s. because of potential steering wheel problems. the recall involves sonatas built before september 10. >>> gas prices are holding steady, the average price for regular now $2.69 a gallon. >>> steve berk will become ceo of nbc universal. burke will replace the current ceo who will step down when the deal closes. >>> overseas markets are higher on wall street. erin burnett is on wall street. >> we're talking about the best september since 1939, we'll see if we can hold through the end of the week. a
fattal, hope to meet with ahmadinejad while he is in the u.s. for the meeting of the united nations general assembly. the men have been in prison for 13 months after being accused of illegally crossing into iran and spying. sarah shourd was also being held but released on compassionate grounds last week because of a medical condition. >> everyone who cares about shane and josh's freedom to please stand behind us now. so that we can make this final push for their freedom together. >> reporter: among the western world's long list of grievances with tehran, a nuclear program the country's leaders insist is for peaceful purposes. new york lawmakers were among those protesting ahmadinejad's regime at a rally near the u.n. monday. >> we cannot and we will not allow or tolerate a nuclear iran. >> reporter: ahmadinejad told abc's "this week" he would make recommendations while maintaining the men violated the law. while pressuring iran to release the hikers the u.s. does not have formal diplomatic ties with the rogue state, nor did they say sarah shourd's $500,000 bail. >>> lady gaga has ma
called what else, but the blue school. good to have you with us. tell us about the school itself and the goals of it and why you wanted to be a part of this. >> yeah, well, there were six of us who started the blue school, and three of us were founders of blue man group here in new york, and then our partners, and what we wanted to do was start a school that filled in the gaps of what -- the parts of our education we thought were missing. >> right. >> we had public education, we had private education. so we wanted to focus on creativity, sewing creativity into subject matter, having social and emotional learning, being on an equal weight of any academic subject and inquiry-based learning, and we wanted to talk to the children, the teachers, and the parents as a triad and build the school as a community. >> let's talk about the kids, though, because you went after the youth, the youngest ones. >> that's right. >> talking about 4, 5, 6-year-olds. why did you think it was early to target so young? >> it's very important in our view to star with this kind of approach right from the b
is a former employee of a company that supplies translators to the u.s. saying most translators aren't doing their jobs? brian ross investigates. >> reporter: a u.s. army unit from the 173rd airborne, on patrol in afghanistan, trying to track the source of a taliban rocket attack. the mission will end in a complete failure to communicate because of one member of the team. its translator, the man on the right. a british journalist caught it all on tape. 2008, as the patrol sergeant adams uses his translator, who asks a village elder about the taliban. >> all right. asked him how it's been here. >> reporter: but the translator tells the sergeant the exact opposite thing. >> we are fine, we have no problems here. >> reporter: sergeant genevieve chase says there are plenty of good translators, but still, too many bad ones. >> people who claim to speak the language don't, and when things get a little bit complicated, they're not able to communicate effectively with the locals and get the information that we need. >> reporter: most of the army's afghan translators
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negotiator for the fbi. this is brand-new video just coming in to us now, clint, from their coral gables in florida. give us your sense of the situation. our nbc station there in miami was reported it starred last night with a domestic dispute. >> not too surprising, contessa, a situation like this gets very confused. there were multiple reports today, as you suggest, a domestic dispute last night. there was also reports that there was a home invasion, a hostage taking that a bank teller was forced to wear an alleged explosive device on his body, and had entered the bank. there were also reports of multiple bank robbers so this is flying left and right, but, supposedly, the fbi, earlier this morning, indicated to their knowledge that one person had entered the bank wearing a bomb about 11:30 or a half an hour ago. we do know that a shirtless man had exited the bank, was in handcuffs and was in police custody and that the bomb squad was on the scene supposedly evaluating whether there was a device inside the bank, if that device was actually a bomb, and they are spriting separate the bad
. >>> and good morning, everybody. thanks for being with us on this friday morning. we begin, now, with the first woman executed here in the u.s. in five years. she's been put to death in virginia. >> theresa lewis' case gained international attention, not just because of her gender. but supporters argue that she was not smart enough to carry out the crimes. here's brad wheelis. >> reporter: theresa lewis became the first woman executed in virginia in almost 50 years. lewis was sentenced to detd in 2003, for hiring two killers who shot her husband and her stepson. according to prosecutors, the two were lured into lewis' scheme by sex and money. the money was to promise to split the son's and husband's life insurance with him. lewis confessed to the plot. >> i just wish i could take it back. >> reporter: according to a witness of the execution, these were her last words. >> she said, i want kathy to know that i love you. and i'm very sorry. >> reporter: the two men she conspired with to commit the killings were sentenced to life imprisonment. one killed himself in prison in 2006. lewis' case drew
still missing and four confirmed dead. tomas roman of kgo in san francisco has details. >> there used to be a house right there. >> i used to look from -- they have very nice deck. i used to look at their house, and now it's not there. >> now it's gone. >> reporter: milla alasz, her husband and three daughters are finally home. the girls tried to coax the rabbit they left behind out of its cage, but it's too terrified to come out. the alasz house was spared from the flames that consumed the three homes directly behind them. milla says she's been frantic since her family escaped the explosion and fire thursday night. >> i didn't sleep. look at my eyes. i move to two hotel. it's like something mentally. i can't stay in one place. it's like -- i want to move around. i don't want to stay still. no, i probably get one hour and a half sleep during the whole night. >> reporter: the family is still waiting for pg & e to turn on their gas and power. this view shows the more than 100 residents who are being let back into their san bruno homes in stages. the only people allowed home to stay are
us here in new york city. good morning, everyone. i'm maggie rodriguez. >> and we got soaked around here yesterday. good morning, everyone, i'm harry smith. of course in the midwest there's still a lot of cleanup and a lot of water piled up all over the place there. and the big story, then, turns out to be in southern california. california, a record-breaking heat wave making l.a. feel more like death valley. in downtown los angeles yesterday, thermometers topped out at 113 degrees, an all-time high. more than 30,000 customers lost power. and the l.a. department of water and power says it recorded its highest-ever demand for electricity. "early" show national correspondent hattie kauffman reports. >> reporter: talk about scorching. los angeles topped out at 113 degrees, the hottest day in l.a. history. it edged out the previous record set in 1990 by one degree. >> i'm going to melt. >> quite frankly, you can feel your skin searing in the heat of it. >> reporter: normally cool air blows in offshore but a high pressure system trapped the heat, which is not good news for firefighters b
for watching us tonight. the black panther polling place story explodes. that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. back in january of 2009, three black panthers were charged with violating the voting rights act. that civil action stemmed from two black panthers standing in front of apology place during the presidential election. one of them holding a club. there is no doubt the panthers committed the act and they didn't even bother showing up in court to fight the charges. nevertheless, in may of 2009, the obama administration moved to dismiss criminal action against the panthers. and that caused a national outcry. today, testifying in front of the u.s. commission on civil rights in washington, christopher coyotes, the former chief of the justice department's voting section flat out accused the obama administration of ignoring the law. >> we had eyewitness testimony. we had videotape that there were two people standing in uniform in front of apology place. one of them had a weapon. they were hurling racial slurs. 11 b of the buddy rights act prohibits attempts to intimidate
. republicans need to pick up 39 seats to take back control of the house. if they do that and use this agenda as their governing map, the result could be two years of partisan gridlock. democrats showed no indication of cooperating on this gop to-do list and the white house dismissed it as more of the same failed policies. >> if it sounds familiar, it's because it's the same litany or catalog of failed policies that got us into this mess. >> reporter: standing in a suburban hardware store without jackets and ties the republican leaders said they are tuned in to the concerns of voters. >> there is nothing more inspiring than the common voice of the common man. >> reporter: republicans hope that message reaches the tea party activists who have shown so much strength at the grassroots level and just might be the key to a republican takeover. >>> georgia's senator saxby chambliss now admits a derogatory slur left on an internet discussion over gay rights apparently came from his office. the comment was posted on a blog discussing gay rights by a user identified as jimmy. the blog's readers were a
's investigation. abc 7's lisa amin gulezian shows us the video but the case involved juveniles so we blurred out faces to protect identities. >> growing up being in high school. cop's daughter not the one to mess around with. >> the father of a 15-year-old boy accused of having sex with a san jose police officer's stepdaughter secretly to this cellphone video on august 30th. he gave it to our media partner, the san jose mercury news. and we showed it to the independent police officer. the judge couldn't comment directly because she's looking into all the allegations. but she did pinpoint two policies listed in the department's duty manual that should be scrutinized. >> when a officer is on duty or is off duty that officers will avoid becoming officially involved in quarrels or disputes occurring in their own neighborhoods. >> the other is an article that deals with an officer's code of conduct involving personal feelings. the teenager's parents insist the officer was out of line that night. >> this does not bode well. do you know what that means? no. no
a guardrail sliced right through his suv. he survived, and he'll be talking to us about that coming up this morning. now, matt, back to you at the white house. >> thanks very much. we've got a lot to get to. first, let's go back inside studio 1a. tamron hall has all the headlines. >>> we began with more flooding in parts of the midwest. a levee is leaking in portage, wisconsin. some people have been evacuated. officials say if more evacuations are needed residents will have to get out by boat. people in minnesota are also dealing with major flood damage. >>> today a panel appointed by president obama starts its investigation into the bp oil spill in the gulf of mexico and the administration's response to it. >>> hyundai is recalling more than 139,000 sonata sedans sold in the u.s. because of potential steering wheel problems. the recall involves 2011 sonatas built before september 10th. >>> with the summer driving season now over, gas prices are holding steady, according to the lundberg survey. the average price for regular, now $2.69 a gallon. >>> comcast chief operating officer, stev
republicans are making. elect us and we'll make changes or at the very least put the brakes on presiden obama's agenda. >> mike viqueira, thanks. >>> tomorrow on "meet the press," just weeks before the midterm elections, an exclusive debate between two key party leaders. representative mike pence of indiana will square off against maryland congressman chris van hollen. if it's sunday, it's "meet the press." check your local nbc listings. >>> another week of gains in the books for the stock market. that's the fourth in a row now. but will this slow trend upward continue into a holiday season that many analysts believe will not get a big financial push from consumers? vera gibbons, economic analyst for msnbc is joining us. >> i accidentally stuck my head into that last clip. sorry. >> we love to see you any way we can. >> what about the gains here. >> i think it just has to do with the fact there's less pessimism about the future direction of the economy. durable goods came in better than expected. spending is up. it raises hopes this recovery actually is on firmer ground. we're on track for se
report declares the recession officially over. but many of us are not feeling it. even taking on the president himself. >> i'm one of your middle-class americans, and quite frankly, i'm exhausted. i'm exhausted of defending you, defending your administration. >> we'll talk live with one of president obama's closest economic advisers. >>> and fighting convention. they've taken over our homes and hotels. fears in stores. bed bugs are big business. we're live at the first-ever bed bug summit early this tuesday we're live at the first-ever bed bug summit early this tuesday morning, september 21st, 2010. captioning funded by cbs >>> another gorgeous morning here in the city, as it is almost fall. good morning, everybody, i'm harry smith. >> and i'm maggie rodriguez. unfortunately we begin this morning with some breaking news. the sad story out of afghanistan where it's been another deadly morning for nato troops, specifically our troops. nine coalition forces, all of them americans, died in a helicopter crash in the southern part of the country. cbs news correspondent mandy clark i
's a crash we will certainly be following. mandy clark in kabul for us. thank you. >>> later today the senate is expected to vote on whether to repeal don't ask, don't tell. the house has already passed a military. on that. >> reporter: good morning. today's vote could be a close one. in any case, supporters call it a critical moment for gay rights. the senate today could move one step closer to repealing the military's don't ask, don't tell policy, a law that bans gays from sevening openly. serving democrats need 60 votes to push it through and all eyes are on a hafl of lawmakers who could cast the deciding vote. in maine monday, pop sen tasati lady gaga urged republican senators olympia snowe and collins to break and support the bill. >> doesn't it seem to you that we should send home the prejudice, the straight soldier who hate the gay soldier? >> reporter: she even had her own policy to propose. >> our new law is called, if you don't like it, go home. >> reporter: the proposal to repeal don't ask, don't tell is part of a larger defense bill. today's voed is to end the debate and bring the
i'm keith olbermann. good night and good luck. please join us for the live edition of "countdown" every weeknight at 8:00 eastern/5:00 pacific. >>> sounding off. president obama goes face to face with americans frustrated with the economic slump. >>> feline fiasco. a woman in england faces the music for tossing a cat into a garbage bin. >>> and terror in the stands. horrifying moments as a bleacher packed with spectators collapses in brazil. good morning, i'm lynn berry. those stories and more are straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with on the defensive. at a town hall held by cnbc in the nation's capital, president obama held his ground while frustrated citizens took turns taking shots at his economic strategy. the president repeatedly defended his policies while fielding pointed questions from americans who fear the worst from the economy. nbc's steve handelsman has more. >> quite frankly, i'm exhausted. i'm exhausted of defending you, defending your administration. >> reporter: self-described obama supporters laid into him live on cnbc's t
using city funds without the approval of the city council. that man right there robert rizzo was part of the whole salary scandal. let me show you the amount of the salaries. rizzo made $887,000 a year. his assistant manager. $376,000. the police chief, randy adams, $457,000 a year, megyn. he makes a lot more than the l.a. police chief who has thousands of officers. randy adams had 24 officers under his authority. if you look at the pensions that was the second part of this thing. not only were the salaries outrage just but the pentagons were also enormous, rizzo's pension $659,000 a year. the assistant city manager 250. the police chief randy adams $411,000. just last week the attorney general of california, jerry brown came out announcing that he was filing a lawsuit against several former and current employees in bell trying to get that money back, and now we find out that steve cooley, the d. a. is looking into it. i'm quoting here, whether or not these loans and salaries amounted to theft of public funds. he is also looking at voter fraud charges. remember we talked about this a
they'll come up with. otherwise, they may be used as political pawns. >> how concerned are you and other observers of the situation for josh fattal and shane bauer. the united states doesn't traditionally bargain with countries like this trying to use bargaining chips to get them released. >> they've made it clear they're not going to trade any prisoners or anything like that. the future looks a little ominous for them. it's been a long time in very, very hard conditions. when we were back in iran in may, they gave a press conference for the three of them. >> i remember that. >> and they looked tired. i mean, a year at that point in an irrain yan jail had taken a emotional and physical toll on them. they feel one third free that sara has been released, but it has to be tough being left behind there. >> ali arazi, thanks so much. >>> a rising tea party star falling behind in the polls. christine o'donnell is trailing chris coons. in the newest cnn/time opinion research poll. i'm joined now live by deputy clinical director mark murray. good morning again. >> good morning, alex. >
asked the type of specific work they were doing. they weren't able to confirm for us what exactly the responsibilities there junior there were initial reports of a mile-long oil sheen spotted near the blast site. the coast guard knocked down those reports. >> coast guard helicopters on-scene and vessels on-scene have no reports of a visible sheen in the water. >> reporter: experts say this explosion is nowhere near as serious as last april's explosion at the deepwater horizon site. >> we obviously have response assets ready for deployment should we receive reports of pollution in the water. >> reporter: congress isn't wasting any time with another oil platform explosion. some house democrats are already demanding answers. the house energy and commerce committee is asking scott josie, president and ceo of mariner energy, for a briefing on the incident. for abc news, eric barajas, louisiana. >>> meanwhile, at the site of the bp oil well, engineers there have removed a temporary cap that last month stopped all that gushing oil. no additional oil has seeped into the water because the
for failing a drug test. we'll go live to los angeles where kristen walker is standing by for us. a very early morning to you. why was lindsay released just hours after she was sentenced? >> reporter: really a stunning turn of events here, alex. you are absolutely right. essentially the superior court judge ruled that lindsay lohan was only facing misdemeanor charges. therefore, she was entitled to bail, which she set at $300,000. lindsay posted that and was home at 12:30 a.m. this morning. as you mentioned, alex, earlier in the day a judge ordered lindsay to jail for 30 days without bail. he was essentially holding her there until her next court date. she was in court initially because she had failed a drug test just weeks after she has been released from rehab. so that's why she was? jail yesterday. it was her third stint in jail all stemming back to a 2007 dui arrest. so she's really been struggling with this in and out of jail. and yesterday judge elton fox in the morning decided that he was going to put her in jail and teach her a lesson to be in jail without any bail. but again, the supe
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